Singer TM.Soundararajan

Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India

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Singer TM.Soundararajan Biography

T. M. Soundararajan, is a legendary playback singer from the Tamil film industry for Four Decades. He gave voice to most of M. G. Ramachandran , Sivaji Ganesan, S. S. Rajendran, Jaishankar and Ravichandran songs in Tamil films. Popularly known as "TMS". He is a devotee of Lord Subrahmanya (called Lord Muruga in Tamil) and sang many devotional songs on Him. Even at the Age of 85 years, he is still actively singing for Tamil Film industry and the latest one "Valiban Suttrum Ulagam" along with P Susila is expected to be released in this year .

TMS was born in the Sourashtra community and from Madurai and was the second son of Meenatchi Iyengar. His father was a temple priest who earned a living from the Varatharaja Perumaal Temple, Madurai and also singing in marriage functions. TMS had been training his voice since the age of 7 by singing the songs of M. K. Thyagaraja Bhagavathar (MKT) and P. U. Chinnappa Bhagavathar. TMS studied till SSLC. He first learnt carnatic music from Sarangapani Bhagavathar, a Music teacher from Sourashtra High School. Later he learnt carnatic music from Rajamani Iyengar for two years and started giving stage concerts at 23. He was married much early. As he was singing in stage concerts in the voice of MKT and many called him litte MKT. TMS approached MKT to become his disciple but MKT advised him to shape a separate identity for himself.

To sing in the cinema was always in his mind and through the actor P. V. Narasimha Bharathi, who is also from the Sourashtra community, TMS worked in the Kovai Royal Talkies for a monthly salary of only Rs 50. Then he went over to Coimbatore Central studio to reveal his ability to the then seniors in the field, such as K. R. Ramasamy and P. U. Chinnappa Bhagavathar (PUC). PUC who sensed the talent, recommended him for movies.

TMS had worked for six months in the house of Sunderlal Natkarni, a director in the Central Studios, hoping to get a chance and the director recommended to S. M. Subbaiah Naidu to give TMS a singing chance. In 1950, S. M. Subbaiah Naidu gave TMS sing five songs for the film of P. V. Narasimha Bharathi starrer Krishna Vijayam. The hit song was Raathey Ennai Vittu Odathedi and he was paid Rs 625 for that. In the same year 1950, G. Ramanathan made him to sing Annamitta Veettiley for an unknown actor in the film Manthiri Kumari. In 1951 TMS acted and sang Theeraatha Thuyaralley as a beggar in Devagi again by G. Ramanathan. In 1952, Susarla Dakshinamurthi gave TMS sang two duet songs in Valayapathi which are Kulir Thaamarai Poigaiyai Kanden and Kulungidum Poovilellaam both with K. Jamuna Rani. TMS had the opportunity to sing songs which wrote by Bharathidasan.

Even the songs are well received, there was no further chance for TMS. Then TMS came to the HMV studio where K. V. Mahadevan recorded two devotional songs for which he was paid Rs 80. K. V. Mahadevan requested TMS to go seek chance in the AVM Productions which was looking for new voices. TMS sang two songs for the film Chella Pillai. One was solo Podanum Kulla Podanum and the other is a duet with M.S. Rajeswari, Naadu Nadakkira Nadayiley under K. V. Mahadevan`s composition. The film was released later in 1955.

In 1954, Maruthakasi recommended TMS to sing in Aruna Pictures Thooku Thookki. Till then C. S. Jayaraman used to sing playback for Sivaji Ganesan and Sivaji doubted the suitability of the voice but TMS was willing to sing three songs free. TMS and Sivaji Ganesan were introduced to each other and in the short conversation TMS studied the voice of Sivaji Ganesan. TMS sang Sundari Soundari and Eratha Malaithaniley, imitating the voice of Sivaji Ganesan to the closest possible. G. Ramanathan who was the music director for this film was so much pleased and gave TMS the chance to sing all the songs for Sivaji Ganesan. All the songs were instant and great hits and TMS became famous overnight.

In the same year, meanwhile T. R. Ramanna and T. R. Rajakumari started the RR Films. As the film Koondukkili was under production stage, TMS was given a chance to sing only chorus. It should be noted that Koondukkili was the only film where MGR and Sivaji acted together. Tanjai Ramayah Dass was very impressed with the golden voice of TMS, and he requested the story and dialogue writer Vindhan to give a chance to sing a full solo. TMS had sung Konjum Kiliyana Pennai under K. V. Mahadevan`s composition. That was the first song by TMS for Sivaji Ganesan.

But as the song was recorded MGR heard it, was so much impressed and intended TMS to be his permanent singer. He was used in MGR’s next movie Malaikkallan where TMS sang Ethanai Kaalamthaan Ematruvaar Intha Naattiley written by Tanjai Ramaiyah Dass and composed by S. M. Subbaiah Naidu.

Right from the beginning TMS was excellent at imitating the voices of most of the heroes he sang for. From the early 1960s Sivaji started to insist on TMS to do playback singer singing for him. Since then, TMS was doing playback for MGR and Sivaji till the end of 1970s.

He was the `uncrowned king` in Tamil film industry for playback singing in the 1960s and 1970s. He had sung together with other male singers such as Sirkazhi Govindarajan, P. B. Sreenivas, S. C. Krishnan, J. P. Chandrababu, K. R. Ramasamy, V. N. Sundaram, A. L. Ragavan, K. J. Yesudas and S. P. Balasubrahmanyam. He also sung duets with many lady singers such as P. Suseela, P. Leela, Jikki, L. R. Eswari, S. Janaki, Vani Jairam, M. S. Rajeswari, K. Jamuna Rani, M. L. Vasanthakumari, U. R. Jeevarathinam, N. L. Ganasaraswathi, T. V. Rathinam, Radha Jayalakshmi, Soolamangalam Rajalakshmi, Rao Balasaraswathi Devi, A. P. Komala, K. Rani, B. S. Sasirekha and others.

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